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I waited a long time before I played SoD and I've waited an even longer time before writing here because I wanted you-know-what to die out first. I would like to discuss the main story and keeping the focus purely on that. There are a plethora of things I truly enjoyed with SoD, the areas being the most beautyfull ever in an IE game for example, but there was certain aspects of the main story I never could understand.
I don't read in-game books, that's just not the person I am. I read books IRL but when I play a game, I want the story to be more straight forward and spoonfed to me. With this said, there might be books in the game that shines some light in the story I haven't read, so have that in mind.
Obviously there will be spoilers in this thread. If you haven't played the game yet you should exit this thread now since I hope anyone who replies will write out parts of it in detail.
OK, so my crude summarization of the main story and the antagonist's purpose is this: Argent amasses an army to go to Dragonspear castle to free the souls of her dead father and the others. Her army moves through the country, slaughtering everything they see, pillaging, burning, plundering yet she sits on her high (moral) horse in all dialogues with CHARNAME.
I don't get this part of the story? I don't get how you can write an antagonist's purpose and reason to be this.. oxymoronic? I mean, kill thousands of innocents to save a few innocents? Sure, Hephernaan is there to fool her into this like a Grima Wormtongue, but still.. when I get the story told to me in the game it makes absolutely zero sense. It doesn't feel plausible or believable to me. Noone would act that stupid yet still sit on their moral throne looking down on others. I'm struggling to find the correct way in english to describe to you now what I mean by this statememt.
Why does this bother me? Well, I could have accepted the fact that the antagonist is deluded, cheated by her advisor and that the crusade has expanded and spiraled out of control. But then when CHARNAME get to talk to her, the conversation options offer plenty of opportunities to kinda agree to her, to make our CHARNAME almost agree to her cause even if we do not agree to her actions. Again, unbelievable. To me, that is. I mean, the cause is absolutely ridiculous and their can be no justification of it whatsoever. I would much have preferred that they had just portrayed her as completely deranged and mad rather than almost fully in control and that any dialogue choices for the CHARNAME reflected that.
OK, so now I want you to help me understand
I have probably misunderstood or missed certain aspects of the story and need your help to understand it.